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What Is the Purpose of an Internship?

What Is the Purpose of an Internship?

In today’s competitive job market, gaining real-world experience is more crucial than ever. This is where the question of “What is an internship?” becomes relevant. An internship is a professional learning experience that offers meaningful, practical work related to a student’s field of study or career interest.

An internship gives a student the opportunity for career exploration and development, and to learn new skills. It offers the employer the opportunity to bring new ideas and energy into the workplace, develop talent, and potentially build a pipeline for future full-time employees.

Understanding the Purpose of an Internship

The purpose of an internship extends beyond simply acquiring a role related to your field of study. It is a cornerstone for personal and professional development. Internships are designed to:

  • Enhance Academic Learning: Internships complement your academic learning by enabling you to apply theoretical knowledge in practical scenarios.
  • Skill Development: Internships provide a platform to develop and refine skills that are critical in the workplace, such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork.
  • Networking: Internships open doors to meet and work with professionals in your field, offering a unique opportunity to establish valuable connections.
  • Career Exploration: Internships allow you to explore various career paths and understand the day-to-day responsibilities of specific roles.
  • Transition to a Full-Time Position: Often, internships can lead to full-time job offers, making them a critical step in your career journey.

Internships are increasingly popular, especially in policy and government-centric cities like Washington, DC. The city — known for its dynamic political landscape — offers a plethora of internship opportunities, ranging from government agencies to nonprofit organizations.

The Popularity of Internships in Washington DC

Washington, DC, is a hub for internship opportunities, particularly for those interested in politics, international relations, and media. The unique environment of the city provides interns with unparalleled access to influential organizations and individuals.

  • Government Agencies: Many students flock to DC to intern with federal agencies, gaining insight into the inner workings of government.
  • Nonprofits and Think Tanks: DC is home to numerous think tanks and nonprofit organizations, offering internships that allow students to contribute to impactful research and advocacy work.

Internships in DC are not just about the work experience — they are about being at the heart of where policies are made and having the chance to witness history in the making.

The purpose of an internship is multifaceted. In addition to gaining hands-on experience, internships are also about personal and professional growth, networking, and opening doors to future career opportunities. In cities like Washington, DC, where the pulse of the nation is felt most strongly, internships offer a unique and enriching experience that can shape your career and your understanding of the world.

Remember, a successful internship can be the first step in a fulfilling career path. So, embrace the opportunity, prepare diligently, and dive into the experience that awaits!


Thompson-Markward Hall’s Impact

Thompson-Markward Hall (TMH) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the academic and professional success of young women. Located in the heart of Washington, DC, TMH offers safe, affordable, and convenient housing for women working, attending school, or interning in our nation’s capital. Included in the room and board rates are utilities, free high-speed Wi-Fi, breakfast and dinner, and a diverse, welcoming community.

In addition to offering a wonderful place to call home in DC, we provide useful information to residents and prospective applicants as a resource to help them become familiar with DC and be successful in all of their endeavors. Whether you’re currently looking for a place to stay in DC, planning for a potential future here, or simply looking to learn more about the DC area, TMH is here to help!

Learn more about our accommodations or to submit an application today to start enjoying all of the benefits of living at TMH! You can also make a donation to support the crucial work we do!

Resident Resources

Room and board is due on the first of every month. TMH does not issue payment notices. A $20.00 late fee is charged everyday beginning at 9:00 pm on the 5th day of the month until the room and board payment is received. If you are unable to make your monthly payment for any reason, please speak to management immediately.

Room and board includes the first day of the month until the morning of the last day of the month or until the morning of the day of check-out, whichever day comes first.

In the event that a resident does not stay the entire month, rent will be prorated within the same month. To view the pro-rated fee schedule and a list of other fees—click here: TMH Pro-Rated Fee Schedule 6-1-2022


Each resident is asked to abide by the TMH House Rules and Regulations stipulated here: House Rules and ProceduresRule-packet-Emergency-Procedures-Updated-12-2019. Please read this document to become familiar with TMH policies and procedures such as guest policies, meal times, smoking areas, printer and copier use, Internet and telephone use, damage charges, and much more.

Monday-Friday hours / breakfast 7:00am-9:30am dinner 5:45pm – 8:00pm sat hours / breakfast 8:00 – 11:00am sun hours / brunch 8:00 – 11:00am dinner 5:00pm-7:00pm

Weekly Menu

Commuting: Metro stops within walking distance are Union Station, Capitol South, and Eastern Market. Refillable SMARTRIP cards are available for purchase at all metro stops. For more information on public transportation visit WMATA.

Parking: TMH does not offer parking and street parking is limited. Most areas offer 2 hour parking from 7:00am-8:30pm and unlimited overnight parking without a permit. However, if you do not have a Residential Parking Permit and your car is seen in the area repeatedly within a 30-day period you may be ticketed for not obtaining proper tags.

Union Station is the nearest public parking garage. There is generally a wait list for obtaining a parking space. Click here to visit their website to obtain up-to-date information.

Temporary Parking Permits: DC offers Reciprocity Parking Permits in special situations. Click here to see if you qualify. If you meet the requirements, you can obtain a Proof of Residency form from the front office.

Registering Your Vehicle in DC: If you do not meet the requirements for a temporary parking permit, you may choose to register your vehicle in DC. Click here for specific instructions.

Other Transportation Information:

  • Voting: To become a registered voter in the DC area, visit the Board of Elections & Ethics. Please note that you must unregister from your current voting state in order to register as a voter in DC.
  • DC One Card: DC has a new initiative to incorporate multiple cards into one all-inclusive card. The DCOne Card is a library card, Metro card, and can grant access to Public Parks programs. Click here to register or get more information.
  • DC Plastic Bag Policy: Washington DC’s Skip the Bag, Save the River Initiative requires a $0.05 fee per bag from businesses selling food and alcohol. Be sure to take reusable bags with you to the grocery store to avoid the fee.
  • DC Emergency Alerts: The DC Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Response has an alert system to notify residents of severe weather, police activity, road closures, and school and government closings. Notifications can be received via email or text message and can be specified to neighborhoods or work areas. For text alerts sign up here.
  • DC Metropolitan Police Resources: DC Metro PD offers several resources as well as an anonymous tip line for security concerns. You can find the tip line number as well as other important emergency phone numbers here.